The decision to breastfeed is positive for both you and your baby. By choosing to breastfeed, you are giving your baby the healthiest start possible. Your baby’s first feeding can be within the first 30 minutes to 2 hours after delivery. Think of your first breastfeeding as a special “hello” between you and your new baby. The sooner you get acquainted, the better. Babies are very alert after they are born and are usually hungry, too!
Intermountain hospitals offer lactation classes led by a Lactation Specialist. The class highlights key points of breastfeeding. All nurses are trained to assist breastfeeding during your hospital stay. If you encounter breastfeeding difficulties during your hospital stay, you may request a lactation consult.